Pick Your Passion at the Schenectady County Historical Society!

At the Schenectady County Historical Society, volunteers play a vital role in inspiring our visitors, preserving our collection, and assisting our staff in keeping our organization running smoothly. Qualified candidates will possess a love and appreciation of history, a questioning mind, a willingness to be flexible, and a friendly attitude. Whether you are looking for something behind-the-scenes or out on the front line, we have the perfect volunteer opportunity for you.

Who Can Volunteer?

  • Teens ages 14+
  • Children under 14 with an accompanying adult
  • Adults of all ages
  • Special interest groups (Scouts, 4-H, Red Hat Ladies, etc.)
  • Corporate groups

What are the Benefits of Volunteering?

  • Learn, preserve, and share the diverse history and culture of Schenectady County
  • Behind the scenes look at the inner workings of our institution
  • An opportunity to meet others who share your passion for history, art, and culture
  • Two annual museum volunteer appreciation potlucks

How Do I Become a Volunteer?

Complete a volunteer application and you will be contacted by a member of the Schenectady County Historical Society’s staff. After an initial meeting to discuss your interests and to orient you to the organization, we will get you started with training and your first projects. If possible, we prefer volunteers try to commit at least eight hours a month for at least one year, and all volunteers are encouraged to become Members of the Schenectady County Historical Society.

What Do Volunteers Do?

The Ambassador

Are you a people person? Do you enjoy helping others? Ambassadors assist the public during our day-to-day operations and during our special events. This can include greeting visitors when they walk through our doors, answering phones, assisting with questions, and helping guests find their way during events. If you are interested in sharing your love of history with others, this is the volunteer opportunity for you.

The Handyman (or Handywoman)

Do you enjoy working with your hands? You might be the perfect Handyman. We are always looking for help with projects across our sites, ranging from event setup to minor repair work to assisting with the preservation and maintenance of our historic structures. We are willing to teach the basics, but anyone with any construction, building, or maintenance background is especially welcome. Heavy lifting may be required, so we can promise you’ll get a good workout!

The Paratrooper

Do you like to be in the center of the action? Throughout the year, we host many events across our sites; exhibit opens, lectures, living history events, and more! Paratroopers drop in to assist during these events and help with a variety of tasks. This includes setup for the event, assisting with refreshments or concessions, and helping out with other odd jobs that are required. Those odd jobs have included everything from decorating Christmas trees to helping guests prepare to ride in a hot air balloon!

The Publicist

Publicists assist the staff of the Schenectady County Historical Society with the marketing and advertisement of special events, programs, and exhibits. This job is perfect for someone who is creative and computer literate. Tasks can include anything from designing posters and advertisements to submitting event information to online calendars and newspapers.

The Researcher

Are you the type of person who, given the opportunity, will surround yourself with books, photos, and articles? Do you love solving a good mystery? If so, you would make a wonderful Researcher. Between the multitude of exhibits, educational programs, and research requests we receive at the Schenectady County Historical Society, we are always happy for assistance with research.

The Registrar

If you enjoy making sure things have their place, keeping lists, and helping others stay organized, our volunteer Registrar position is for you!  As a registrar, you will assist the staff label, describe, photograph, and preserve our historic collections. Computer skills are required, as the Schenectady County Historical Society utilizes an online database to maintain and manage our collections.

The Scribe

Have you ever found the perfect document to solve your family history puzzle, only to realize it hasn’t been digitized and you have no access to it? Our Documenters work to end that problem. By indexing, scanning, and entering information into our collections management software, you can help pave the way for future researchers!

The Teacher

If you enjoy teaching others, you will enjoy serving as a Teacher. This volunteer position includes giving tours to the public during regular operating hours and special events. It can also include giving specially scheduled group tours to everyone ranging from Cub Scouts to Red Hat Ladies.

Become a volunteer today!

To become a volunteer at the Schenectady County Historical Society, you can either submit our volunteer interest form online, or download our volunteer application and mail it in.

If you are interested in learning more about volunteering at Mabee Farm Historic Site or the Schenectady History Museum, please contact our Educator/Assistant Curator Jenna Peterson Riley at educator@schenectadyhistorical.org or (518) 887-5073.

For more information about volunteering at the Grems-Dolittle Library, please contact our Librarian, Michael Maloney at librarian@schenectadyhistorical.org or (518) 374-0263.